Stuart Pearce says his Young Lions have their 'tails up' and are ready for Norway test
England v Norway
Saturday 8 June 2013
Kick off 5pm (BST) at HaMoshava Stadium, Petah Tikva
England Under-21s coach Stuart Pearce is optimistic over his side's chances at the European Championship despite a disappointing start in Israel.
Italy beat Pearce's men 1-0 in their opening game, making Saturday's clash with Norway crucial to the Three Lions' hopes of progressing.
And Pearce says his side are raring to go after 22 members of his squad trained on Friday, with only Henri Lansbury sitting out.
"They've got their tails up. We've drawn a line under the Italy defeat.
"The beauty of tournament football is that the games come round thick and fast. To be honest we are ready for the game today but we have to wait.
"We have got a strong squad of players that want to put things right. We have spoken a bit about what has come out of the game. The important thing now for me is that the players to deliver a performance befitting of England.
"I think if our performance is good we'll win the game. I think we need to see a touch more energy and drive and a bit more confidence on the ball."
He continued: "We've played some good football over the last few months, irrespective of our results.
"We've had some good movement and interaction in the team - that didn't show itself against Italy.
"I certainly think it will [against Norway]. I think we just needed to show a bit more devilment and we had the ball we needed to show a bit more composure with our movement and our flair.
"We've got some good players in our team and too many of them didn't show that character. But I'm confident they will [against Norway]."
Wilfried Zaha is fit and ready for action against Norway in what will be a welcome boost to Pearce's troops.
He said: "We have dealt with any disappointment and the players have their tails up.
"We have refocused. We don't become a bad team overnight - we came into this tournament with nine straight victories with no goals conceded. We've played some really good football."